Is this a titling class now? From the rules, it appears to be so.
I have Ruger entered in this both days at the Piedmont show, hoping to get in some good practice for Utility. I did not realize it was a titling class. We still may have issue with the "go out" as it's basically the same (except you return to your dog... and knowing Ruger as soon as I move, he may just launch himself toward a jump
The signals will be good practice too as I stand only about 10-20 feet away and can give both hand and verbal signals. That should help reinforce his down
I was just looking at the new AKC stuff and it does appear that it is now a titling class. I didn't know that either. I entered Emilu in the Grad Novice class last spring and it wasn't a titling class then. She did horribly ( a look at things to come) but we still got second place. I asked how a dog that got a "90" out of 200 pts could get second place, and they said that nobody failed in that class . That was last year apparently - not this year!
According to the entry form (LRC of the Piedmont), the reg obedience is $22 I believe, and any non-reg was free (provided you entered a regular class.) It had Grad classes listed as non-reg, and that is why I entered it (because it was free, and we need the practice). But now I see it IS a titling class. I think their club made an error, but it's too late to change that now So it works in my benefit.
I think you are correct, I just looked at the premium again. I did not pay for the Grad Open as I thought it was non-reg and I think they thought so too. I beleive I'm entered in it (the judging program is showing one entry, but maybe it's not me). Well, whatever
When I had talked to Libby, the Show Secretary, she said AKC delayed their premiums specifically because of that change in obed rules. You'll probably get a nice letter telling you you've gotta pay up Unfortunately.
I asked specifically if we were doing it as a non regular class and she said no.
There is now three level of classes
Regular Classes(Novice, Open, Utility)
Non Regular Title Classes (Graduate Novice, Graduate Open, Versatility)
Non Regular Non Title Classes (Pre-Novice, Vetrans,Team,Brace)
We now also have the Obedience Master titles bases on points from your scores of 190 and higher from Open B and Utility So if you see a dog with an OM1 in its title or a VERS or GN or GO or OM2, or OM3 you won't be surprised. Remember though that HIT has to come from a regular class (Novice, Open, Utility) and not from the new NON-regular classes. And HC is still from Open B and Utility.